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Your cosmetology career and repetitive stress injuries

On Behalf of | May 2, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

Having your cosmetology license is the foundation to building a successful career. You have the chance to help people feel confident and valued in the way you maintain and style their hair.

As a cosmetologist, you will encounter risks along the way. Repetitive stress injuries, for example, can develop as a result of performing the same tedious tasks every day. Knowing how to protect yourself from these injuries might help you maintain a successful career without compromising your health.

Knowing the risks

The muscles you use in your hands and arms to hold and manipulate scissors will feel fatigued at the end of a long day of doing hair. Similarly, the constant use of hair tools like blow dryers, curling irons and straighteners can also take its toll. Add on top the fact that you will spend the majority of your day on your feet and your body will suffer if you are not careful.

Working in the cosmetology industry could also introduce you to other aspects of the profession. According to Indeed.com, cosmetologists might also do makeup and nails. Both jobs require you to hold and manipulate small objects including brushes, pencils and makeup containers. Over time, doing the same things can cause your hands and arms to suffer and you could develop conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome or trigger finger. This pain, if not managed, could jeopardize your career.

Preventing injury

Throughout your course instruction, pay particular attention to the methods your instructors use for holding and using hair tools. Practice efficient and functional ways to use the tools you need. Create a workspace that allows you to maneuver efficiently between products you need. Adjust your client’s chair at a comfortable height where your arms can maintain a natural angle. If possible, schedule clients so you can take a brief break between each one. Do exercises to maintain strength and flexibility in your hands and arms.

If you do sustain a repetitive stress injury, see about getting medical treatment as soon as possible to prevent worsening conditions.

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